RTD Team

NELSON HEAD CASUAL Nelson Checkoway has been helping non-profit organizations raise funds for three decades, spending 3 years as Manager of Grants and Development for Connecticut Legal Services, and 10 years as a fundraising officer and Marketing Director of Environmental Defense Fund, before founding becoming a consultant in 1995.   Nelson believes that direct marketing for non-profits in the 21st century demands incisive strategy, integration of traditional media with emerging online and electronic technologies, well-positioned and crafted copy and design, and sophisticated analysis. This perspective and two decades of successful direct marketing enable Checkoway to bring a customized level and range of creative, strategic and production services needed by not-for-profit organizations to create, grow, and enhance their fundraising activities. Full Bio
RAFF MUG ON BOAT Larry G. Raff brings three decades of fundraising and advancement leadership and experience to healthcare, higher education, research, cultural and human services organizations seeking philanthropy counsel and advancement results.  Larry is president of Copley Raff, Inc. a highly respected comprehensive philanthropy consulting firm and Principal of Rising Tide Direct. Full Bio
BLUMENSON headshot Diane Blumenson is a talented consultant and coach providing executive leadership over two decades. As a recognized authority in organizational development and systems dynamics, she has used strategic planning, enhanced organization design, cultural change management, team effectiveness, and strategic reengineering to transform and optimize work environments across a range of industries.  Full Bio


Allyson Cochran is a gifted data analyst and geomapping expert with a Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte with emphasis in Geographic Information Systems and Epidemiology. Allyson generates analyses and reports using an electronic health record SQL database, ArcGIS software, vital statistics, and census data … while ensuring the results are audience-appropriate and well-visualized. She also designs, implements, and analyzes donor and health surveys. Full Bio
 REBEKAH BLUE BACKDROP_crop Rebekah Kaufman has more than 15 years of successful marketing, communications, and media relations experience advising organizations and agencies on development, visibility, fundraising and thought leadership challenges.   Rebekah’s talents and expertise are deployed at RTD in support of marketing communications, media relations, copy writing and editing, and social media efforts.  She helps organizations establish thought leadership and visibility by leveraging social media channels. Full Bio
 KINNEY MUG Susan Kinney brings over two decades of leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector, serving in both executive and consultant capacities. Her tenure with Copley Raff has included engagements with Southcoast Health System, Institute for Community Health, Citi Performing Arts Center, Catholic Charities North, The Learning Center for the Deaf, Community Health Connections, Hallmark Health Systems, Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, and Trinity Repertory Company. Sue has led projects in organizational assessment; fundraising preparation, planning, and execution; board training; strategic planning; and campaign feasibility. Full Bio
Paula Morgan comes to RTD with a successful career in publishing, having served in executive positions for Bantam Doubleday Dell (now a division of Random House) in New York City.  Her prominent roles included positions of Vice President and Administrative Publisher for Dell Publishing and Vice President and Director of Title Development.  She also served as Project Manager for Materials Management on the installation of system-wide SAP software.   Her expertise is in print production, inventory management, marketing, editorial, and systems development.
DEBORAH MUG 1 Deborah Solomon Raff has had an accomplished career as a writer.  Holding distinguished academic degrees in English she has established herself as a versatile professional.  She has employed her skill as a features author, as well as an advertising copywriter of both in-house and direct mail campaigns.